We're Retiring (Curriculum Pathways)! Here's What You Need to Do.

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Curriculum Pathways started 23 years ago to meet the need for integrated, high quality resources to support teaching and learning in the core disciplines. All of you have made the product what it is today.

With the advent of OER (open educational resources) and thousands of other resources for the core disciplines and more, it’s time to close that chapter and look to a newer, pressing need.

Data and computer science are intricately woven into our lives and are the driving forces behind much of today’s innovation. With 44 states introducing computer science standards and employers endlessly seeking data literate candidates, supporting resources are desperately needed. SAS, a global analytics and data company, is uniquely positioned to provide these resources. Some, like CodeSnaps, are already available to you. Others have yet to be built. This is our new mission.

We will retire Curriculum Pathways on July 15, 2020. It will no longer be available after that date. We know you’ll have questions. Please refer to the FAQ’s below for more details on the plan and where you can go to find alternate resources.

Continue using Curriculum Pathways until July, and please begin updating links to our resources in your course materials. You will also want to encourage students to save their work to external locations.

Thank you for helping us make a difference with students around the world. We couldn’t have done it without your love of learning and innovative spirit. And we still need you. Please check back to learn more about our next chapter. The new resources will continue to be high-quality and free.

Best,
The entire Curriculum Pathways team 

FAQ’s:

How long will Curriculum Pathways be available at www.curriculumpathways.com?
Curriculum Pathways will no longer be available after July 15, 2020.

What do I need to do?
If you’re a teacher: Locate links to Curriculum Pathways resources in your courses/curriculum. Either delete those links or replace them with alternate resources (recommendations below).
Additionally, save your work from Curriculum Pathways. See FAQ below for more details on that process.
If you’re a parent: Locate Curriculum Pathways links you’re using with your children and either delete them or replace them with alternate resources (recommendations below). Assist your child in saving their work from Curriculum Pathways. See FAQ below for more details on that process.
If you’re a student: Save your work from Curriculum Pathways. See FAQ below for more details on that process.

Which resources will continue to work?
In pursuit of our new mission to develop resources for data literacy, computational thinking, and coding, these resources will remain in place, though they may live in a new domain or may undergo name changes:

  • CodeSnaps: CodeSnaps is a collaborative coding environment requiring only one robot and one iPad. You'll take advantage of tangible, printed coding blocks to prepare programs together on a work surface without a device. When blocks are scanned with the CodeSnaps app, the program is then executed on the connected robot. Supported robots include Sphero, SPRK, SPRK+, and Ollie. Available in the App Store.   CodeSnaps lessons will reside in a new location in the future (and this blog/FAQ will be updated with that new location once it is available).
  • Math Stretch: Math Stretch provides a suite of activities for developing elementary math skills and number sense. Specifically, activities target counting, number relations and operations, and telling and manipulating time. Math Stretch activities offer both practice and quiz modes. Settings allow students, parents, and teachers to control the level of difficulty of each activity independently. Customize each activity to your students’ level with settings.
  • GatherIQ™: GatherIQ is an interactive resource for world changers. It is for people who want to do more than just dream about making the world a better place. GatherIQ allows you to put those dreams into action with our focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Can I still create new lessons/resources in Crio?
We will retire Curriculum Pathways on July 15, 2020 and it will no longer be available after that date. Users will no longer be able to use the resources that currently reside on the Curriculum Pathways website, nor will they be able to use or create resources in Crio. Instead, you might consider creating lessons in Workbench, which is available at no cost.

Can I continue to use the lessons I created in Crio?
You can continue to create lessons in Crio until Curriculum Pathways is retired. However, after July 15, 2020, lessons created in Crio will no longer be available. We recommend you create those lessons in another platform like Workbench, which is available at no cost. 

Can I edit/remix lessons that I or others created in Crio?
You can continue to edit/remix lessons in Crio until Curriculum Pathways is retired. However, after July 15, 2020, lessons created in Crio will no longer be available. After that time, it will no longer be possible to edit or remix those lessons, whether you created them initially or someone else did.

Which resources can I use instead of Curriculum Pathways?
There are many OER and paid resources that can be used in place of Curriculum Pathways. Below are a few examples of alternative resources. Please note: this isn’t a comprehensive list and we hope it gives you a good place to start when replacing Curriculum Pathways links in your assignments, courses, and coursework:

Science Virtual Labs => PhET
Math resources => Khan Academy
Writing Reviser => Grammarly
Crio => Workbench
Primary Sources => National Archives, DocsTeach, Spartacus Educational, Fordham University, Avalon Project
Reading Records => mCLASS
Flash Cards => Quizlet
Other resources across disciplines => CK12, Dreambox, Duolingo, Freckle

How do I/my students save my/their work from Curriculum Pathways?

  • Log in to your Curriculum Pathways personal student account.
  • Select the briefcase icon labeled ‘Portfolio’ on the white menu bar below the large Welcome image. All the files/essays/lesson responses that you have associated with your account will be listed.
  • Click the pages icon under the ‘Preview’ column to open a document. You will see three buttons at the bottom of the document.
  • Choose the ‘Download’ button and select a location where you can save your document. Make sure it is a location you can remember and access later. For example, you could create a folder called My Curriculum Pathways Work under “Documents” on your laptop or on a Flash/thumb drive. You will need to select and download each document that you want to save.

If you are unable to download your document to a file that you can access later, choose the ‘Send’ button after opening your document. Email a copy of the file to yourself. Or you can ‘Print’ a copy.

NOTE: If you have more than one Curriculum Pathways® student account, you will need to log in to each account to review and save any work currently stored. The work that is saved to your Portfolio for one account is not accessible through another account.

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Lee Ellen Harmer

Outreach and Collaborations Manager

Lee Ellen Harmer supports the usage and adoption of SAS’s education products and initiatives. In addition to her primary work in the US, she assists SAS country offices with global implementations and outreach efforts. She also facilitates discussions with partners, easing access to SAS’s education products for educators in the US and around the world. Lee Ellen originally joined SAS in 2008 to sell Curriculum Pathways and has also managed sales of traditional SAS software for teaching and research in higher education. Much of her career has been in sales and marketing to the Education industry, including experience in enterprise software sales to the industry for Red Hat (a vendor of Linux and open source technology). Lee Ellen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a marketing concentration from Wake Forest University (Winston Salem, NC).

27 Comments

  1. I'm so sad to hear that the science virtual labs will be going away! The animations and explanations in the Earth Science virtual labs like the plate tectonics and Kepler's Laws are so helpful to my students. Unfortunately, Phet doesn't even come close in those areas!

  2. Amanda TimberMoon on

    I have not found any resources for middle school and high school social studies that come close to as good of a resource as SAS. I'm so sorry to hear that you are shutting down.

  3. Chris Kucahrek on

    I agree that there are no other resources that come close to the quality of the science virtual labs.
    They will be missed!!!

    Any chance on leaving theses labs open on a web site to access the content without any updates?
    Any chance of sending those labs to a different web site like Phet?

    • Lee Ellen Harmer

      Thank you, Chris; we appreciate the compliment. I'm afraid we don't have the ability to leave the labs open. In fact, PhET is one of the sites we mention on the list of potential resources that could be used in place of Curriculum Pathways science virtual labs.

  4. I use the Naturalism and Realism Video Quick Link #1268. Will this still be available or is there a way to download it?

  5. Alicia Michelle on

    Grammarly is good for what it is, but it is nothing like Writing Reviser! I am so sad to see that Writing Reviser is being retired. As a teacher, I directed all my students to it - and their parents. Not only did my students benefit from the proofing help but many of them actually had concepts like fragments and pronoun-antecedent agreement "click" only after using this tool. What a sad day 7/15/2020 will be!

  6. I regularly use some of the lessons on SAS, such as QL# 1256. That style of lesson. How can I keep/save that particular lesson and others like it.
    ie. #1262
    #1259
    etc.

    The website is my school's website.

    • Lee Ellen Harmer

      I'm afraid the social studies narrative series lessons will all be retired with Curriculum Pathways on July 15, 2020 and that particular lesson will no longer be available. Due to third party content within the lesson, there isn't a way to save or keep that lesson when Curriculum Pathways is retired.

  7. Kathryn Murchison on

    This is very frustrating news. I have used the interactive social studies activities and the writing reviser for more than a decade now. And there is nothing of similar quality available out there, especially in the realm of social studies content. As a teacher, I wish you would reconsider maintaining access for the already existing resources.

  8. First, I would like to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! Curriculum Pathways has always provided FREE, WONDERFUL curriculum support resources for our students and teachers. This is my 23rd year as a school librarian and I have used them all 23 years they have been in existence! That said, my headline when I forwarded your retirement message to my staff said, "SAD NEWS".

    My personal favorite, Writing Reviser will be missed by SO MANY of our teachers and students! Our high school English teachers have had students use it for years, and last year our History and Marketing teachers/classes started requiring students to use it for their papers. Writing Reviser is so individualized and different than any other product out there, it will be missed tremendously! Writing Reviser has helped MANY students improve their writing..and their grades! We will miss you!

    • Lee Ellen Harmer

      Thank you so much for this glowing review, Joan. We really appreciate your advocacy over the years and we are so glad that you've found the resources to be beneficial. We hope you'll join us in our future ventures - we can help get the students coding across the curriculum with CodeSnaps!

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